Calhoun Retires; Kevin Ollie to Take Over

By Dave Martin, Epoch Times
September 14, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v UCONN
Jim Calhoun won three titles at Connecticut. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Three-time NCAA Champion head coach Jim Calhoun retired Thursday after 40 years in coaching and compiling 873 wins—sixth-best all-time. Calhoun coached the last 26 years at Connecticut where he transformed the Huskies from a regional program to a national power.

“I always said that I would know when it was time, whenever that might be,” said Calhoun, according to a release on the university’s website.

Calhoun got into the college head coaching ranks in 1972 at Northeastern where he went 248-137 in 14 seasons before moving to Connecticut in 1986. Though he went just 9-19 in his first season, he led the Huskies to a school-best 31-6 record three years later. By the mid-90’s UConn was officially a power in college basketball and collected national titles in 1999, 2004, and 2011.

Former UConn and NBA player Kevin Ollie takes over for Calhoun.

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